His hands shook. A little. His voice did, too. A bit. Not enough to overshadow the words he’d prepared and put to paper, but enough to evoke emotion. In the watery and welling eyes that watched on. In the bride. In his son. In his bride. In himself. Enough to command the moment. Enough to make it… momentous. Because it was. After all, he was the father of the groom, and this was the last wedding rehearsal he’d ever plan. He paced back and forth, like a car in stop-and-go traffic, telling the story of each mile marker and every milestone in his son (and daughter-to-be’s) pre-married life. With every stop. Another maker. And every go. Another milestone. The lifeless winter trees that’d lost their leaves and the white tent overhead that made a cloudy day even darker couldn’t steal the spring or suffocate the shine (of pride) that he had — that he has — for this sweet couple.

Then, he said it.

Put on your hat and go.

Six words that sound simple, aren’t common at all, but are, without a doubt, the missing ingredient in the secret sauce of life and love: put on your hat and go. His grandmother, the groom’s great-grandmother, had told him over thirty years earlier that to have a successful marriage, as often as you can control it, two have to become one. So… she said… if he wants to go to a ball game or she wants to go shopping at the mall, don’t stay

by yourselfwhile the person you love and  your life together walks out the door. Put on your hat and go. In six words, a little old grandmother many years ago had summarized what poets have struggled to simplify and lyricists to synthesize since poems were first written and songs were first sung: that  quantity begets quality, and not the other way around; which is fitting, because these two are quality. In quantities.

M and B, you’ve lived your life wearing that hat. Melissa, you don’t like hockey. But you go to his hockey games. Because you love him. Braedon, you dance with her in the kitchen, in your socks. You never would by yourself. But you love her. You both do exactly for each other what your great-grandmother said to do: you put your hats on… and go. Not because you have to. But because putting people first is who you are. And that fact doesn’t stop at the water’s edge. It extends to everyone who gets to call you a friend. That’s why it felt like the world stopped on its axis on your wedding day. Because you stop yours for everyone else. All the time.

You show up for life.

Because putting people first is who you are.

At marathon starting lines when your friends are running the race, and at the finish line of life when your friends’ loved ones have finished theirs. At baseball stadiums in big cities in the Major Leagues when your friends are playing in the field of their childhood dreams, and in fields on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere… to model when your friends’ dreams change. When they don’t want to teach elementary school anymore. When all they want in the world is to one day be professional wedding photographers… without any photography experience. When they’re scared. And they don’t know what they’re doing or what will happen

next or whether anything will even work out at all. When they throw caution to the wind and quit their days jobs with just a few weddings booked, and you do more than throw your support behind them. You show up. Not just in fields in flowing sundresses, but in likes, comments and calls, in text messages and handwritten notes. In home-cooked meals and conversations on our couch. In lots of words and lots of ways. In quantities of quality. Because whether your friends are playing an inning in Yankee Stadium or a tough inning in the game of life, you’re there. You put your hat on for us, before anyone knew our names. Before this blog existed.

That’s why we wouldn’t let anyone else in the world photograph your wedding. Because you’ve never substituted anyone or anything else in your place for the moments in our life, big and small. You’ve always been there. You’ve always showed up. At the starting line. At the finish line. And all the way though.

The least we could do is show up for you.

The least we could do is pick up our cameras… and go.

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the creative team

Event Coordinator: Ashley Gain Weddings

Bride’s Dress: Watters • Bride’s Ring: Shane Co • Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka • Bridesmaids’ Dresses: The Dessy Group • Catering: Creative Cuisine • Ceremony Location: Secret Garden • Ceremony Music: Carson Parks • Dessert: Inspired Sugar • DJ: Infinity Entertainment • Floral Design: Paradise Valley Florist • Furniture Rental: Prim Rentals • Getting Ready Location: The Buttes • Groom’s Ring: Brad Studio on Etsy • Groom’s Tuxedo/Suit: Brothers Tailors • Groomsmen’s Tuxedo/Suit: Brothers Tailors • Hair Stylist: Tara Hainsworth • Invitations: Champagne Press • Makeup Artist: Arielle Rondeau • Officiant: Scott Gardner • Photographers: Amy & Jordan • Photo Booth: Fun in a Flash • Reception Location: Secret Garden • Transportation: Just For You Transportation • Venue Coordinator: Alexis Bommareito-Sobey • Videographer: Produco Films

Our Gear: Canon 5D Mark III • Canon 50 1.2 • Canon 85 1.2 • Canon 70-200 2.8 • Canon 100 2.8 • Canon 24-70 2.8 • Canon Speedlite 600 EX-RT • Entire Gear List

17 comments
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    candi

    I literally just died! This is my favorite wedding yet! The florals, her fur shrug, the happiness!!!! AHHHH. I normally don't love red, but this made me LOVE red. haha. Gorgeous you guys!!

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw! Candi!! Thank you SO much!! And so funny! Us too! Normally not a huge red fan either, but now we can't get enough of it!! :)

    Jennie

    This is stunning! Feature worthy! And with a story like that? You know tears will come! Beautiful work you guys

    Amy & Jordan

    Aw, thank you so much Jennie! It was a super special one for us!!

    Melissa Thomson

    We will never ever be able to repay you for these beautiful pictures but we can promise you that we can bring you dinner, ice cream and coffee whenever you need it! We love you guys so much!!!! XO

    Amy & Jordan

    MELISSA THOMSON!!! Ahhh!! That's the first time we've seen it in writing!!! We love you so much! And THAT is the best kind of gift of all <3

    Brenda

    Just beautiful, from the photos to the words to the bride and groom!

    Amy & Jordan

    Thank you so much Brenda!

    Jessica

    Do you guys know where the flower girls got their dresses?!? They're adorable!!

    Amy & Jordan

    Hey, girl! Yes! The skirts were actually made by Melissa's family friend, but the leotards were from "@marusyagrace" on Instagram :)

    Katie

    Just lovely! Can you tell me where the ballerina style shoes are from? I'm assuming those were not Badgley. Thanks so much!

    Amy & Jordan

    Thank you so much!! We actually don't know where they were from :(

    Jana Gibby

    What a beautiful wedding! Can anyone tell me where the flower girls dresses came from ?

    Jenna

    I LOVE this wedding! So pretty. Would you know where the flower girl dresses are from?

    Tiffany

    Just curious if you know where they got the flower girl dresses, they are ADORABLE!

    Nicole

    Hello!!!!
    I've wondered if the bride would like to sell her dress. This is the Watters dress I want, (depending upon size) -and I'd be happy to purchase it second hand if I can!

    What a beautiful day, and congratulations

    Chaya

    Hi, where were the flower girl dresses from?
    Thanks!